Best kids bikes and helmets at Eurobike

A plethora of options from balance bikes to tiny full-suspension to, yes, fat bikes

The Eurobike trade show in Friedrichshafen, Germany is a great place to gauge trends for the coming year. One trend we were pleased to see is the expansion of parents' options for balance bikes, the no-pedal two wheeler that lets kids learn balance with their feet near the ground, usually allowing them to skip training wheels altogether when they get a pedal bike. Other trends from the bike industry at large trickled down into kids bikes, too: (tiny) fat bikes, bamboo bikes, recycled-material bikes and, yes, electric bikes.

Not every bike company plays the Eurobike game, so you won't see any Trek or Specialized kids bikes in this gallery. Also, lamentably, our top-choice kids brand Islabikes was not there.

One cool find was Wishbone Design Studio balance bikes, which can go from either little kick bikes to taller kick bikes, or even from a trike to the little balance bike to the taller kick bike. They also have Recycled Edition balance bikes made from recycled materials.

The 3-in-1 goes from this trike to a small balance bike to a taller balance bike:
The 3-in-1 goes from this trike to a small balance bike to a taller balance bike:

This Wishbone Design Studio 3-in-1 converts from this kick trike to a little balance bike to a taller balance bike

For kids helmets, a few relatively newer players showed some interesting wares. The Dutch company Egg has an innovative multisport helmet with a variety of playful skins that can be pulled over it. The helmets double as ski and bike helmets, so you can double the life of what will be soon outgrown. The helmets use four materials for safety, collectively dubbed "Flexible Adaptive Sandwich Technology", since the helmet is somewhat flexible. Egg helmets have an ABS outer shell, with EPP and EVA cores and an air bladder that can be pumped up with a finger.

Click through the gallery above for a closer look at the kids bikes and helmets that caught our eye at Eurobike.

Dutch firm tktkt has a unique helmet option with 'skins' that decorate their lids: dutch firm tktkt has a unique helmet option with 'skins' that decorate their lids
Dutch firm tktkt has a unique helmet option with 'skins' that decorate their lids: dutch firm tktkt has a unique helmet option with 'skins' that decorate their lids

Egg helmets come in two sizes, double as ski helmets and can be covered with a variety of playful skins like this one

Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team Issue, Specialized S-Works Tarmac, Priority Eight city bike... and a constant rotation of test bikes
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
  • Beer of Choice: Saison Dupont
  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA

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